Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of seventeen. During her time in service she traveled to over 41 countries and attended the Military Photojournalism Program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In three combat tours she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for actions in Iraq.
She is now an independent photographer, an author, educator, military consultant and the founder of the Veterans Portrait Project, which began in 2008 while she rehabilitated from combat injuries sustained in Iraq. Spending hours in VA waiting rooms surrounded by veterans from every generation and branch of service, she was compelled to honor and thank them in the only way she knows—through her photography.
Since then she has traveled coast to coast to photograph over 6,000 veterans.
Stacy's photography has been exhibited at The Woodruff Arts Center, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum among numerous other galleries and venues.
She was one of only two women to win the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have earned it twice.
Stacy is the author of Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera, and A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the Trenches with Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall.
Photography speaks all languages and is a great instrument for change, so I strive to capture images that not only inform myself, but perhaps enlighten others as well.